- Steven Calabresi, a popular conservative and co-founder of the Federalist Society, has demanded President Donald Trump's impeachment after he made "fascist" comments about the delay in the November election.
- Calabresi said he voted for Trump in the 2016 elections and spoke out against Trump's impeachment New York Times Op-Ed.
- He called Trump's statements "fascist" and urged the conservatives to denounce them.
- Trump does not have the authority to push back the election.
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A popular conservative has demanded President Donald Trump's impeachment, saying the president has made "fascist" comments delaying the November election.
In one New York Times Op-Ed, Steven Calabresi wrote that while supporting Trump in the 2016 elections and speaking out against Trump's impeachment and Robert Mueller's investigation, the President's comments on postponing the election have gone too far.
"But I'm honestly appalled by the President's recent tweet trying to postpone the November election. Until recently, I had viewed Democrats' claim that President Trump was a fascist as a political exaggeration. But this latest tweet is fascist and even reason for the immediate impeachment of the President by the House of Representatives and his impeachment by the Senate, "wrote Calabresi.
Calabresi is a co-founder of the Federalist society, a group of conservatives and libertarians who are committed to "emphasizing individual freedom, traditional values and the rule of law".
On Thursday, Trump suggested that the US should postpone the election because of mistaken fears that mail-in polls were fraudulent. (It is not.)
– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 30, 2020
Business Insider previously reported that Trump is not authorized to cancel or postpone the election.
Calabresi, who is also a professor at the Pritzker School of Law at Northwestern University, wrote that the United States has never canceled or postponed an election, although there have been other difficult epochs in the past, such as 1932 during the Great Depression or 1944 during World War II .
"So we shouldn't even consider canceling the autumn election because the president is concerned about postal voting, which is likely to increase due to concerns about COVID-19," he wrote.
Congress only could change the federal law This would allow states to change if they could appoint voters, which could affect the timing of the elections, Business Insider reported.
"President Trump must be told by every Republican in Congress that he cannot postpone the general election," Calabresi wrote. "This would be illegal, unconstitutional, and without precedent in American history. Anyone who says otherwise should never be re-elected to Congress."
He's not the only Republican to denounce Trump's election commentary. In a comment The Washington PostColumnist Henry Olsen, who is also a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, a conservative think tank, also urged conservatives to speak out against the President's statements.
"It is the most anti-democratic statement a seated president has ever made," wrote Olsen of Trump's comments.
While arguing that there are "anti-democratic" elements within the Liberals, Olsen called the mere idea of proposing to push back the elections unfathomable.
"But Trump's tweet jumps at the shark in so many ways that it's impossible to ignore it. Such a statement should be unthinkable (in fact, I assumed it was unthinkable, which is why I did strongly criticized Biden in April when he claimed without evidence that Trump would try to delay the election), "wrote Olsen.
In April, suspected 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden predicted that Trump would try to postpone the election during the coronavirus crisis.
"Mark my words, I think he will try to somehow push the election back – find a reason why it can't be held," Biden said in a virtual fundraiser, according to a pool report.